Luke 8:26-39 is quite explicit. A deranged man is demon possessed. Jesus identifies that this is the case and demonstrates His authority over the evil ones. The demons seek to be cast into swine rather than the abyss. Once in the swine, they drove the swine to the drink. What a waste of life? Or pigs?
The moral to the story: do not let demons into swine, they are driven to the brink (“Drink!” said the alcoholic, “I’ll have one of those.”)
- Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. (Luke 8:30-35)
Consider this question: In jurisdictions where there are health regulations for the preparation and selling of food, are people jailed today for violation of health laws, if they cannot pay the fine?
Therefore, the health laws existed for the physical good of the people, not for their eternal salvation, even if presented within a theocratic religious context.
- And the swine, because it parts the hoof but does not chew the cud, is unclean for you. Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcases you shall not touch. (Deuteronomy 14:8)
- “Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one in the midst, eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and mice, shall come to an end together,” says the Lord. (Isaiah 66:17)
One of the biggest concerns with eating pork meat is trichinosis or trichinellosis. This is an infection that humans get from eating undercooked or uncooked pork that contains the larvae of the trichinella worm. In some countries and cultures, they actually consume pork raw.—Tapeworms, Toxins and More: The Truth about Your PorkThe episode of this demoniac, recorded in Luke, tells us that if you think you are smart (possess an IQ of note) and have answers to life’s question but do not know the One who has the power over life and death, like those who saw the man delivered from his demons, you too ought to be afraid. Demons are intent on one thing only, taking you to the brink—of the abyss. Why let them take control of your life? ( 2 Timothy 2:26; Ephesians 2:2) Especially, when you can be free from fear of death’s unknown.
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